The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

December 14, 2017

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

December 14, 2017

Come join us for our first Intellectual Property (IP) program in the Rocky Mountain region on fashion topics relevant to everyone in the fashion industry. The program will feature a panel moderated by Regional Director Molly Kocialski and including local IP attorneys and fashion companies, as well...

December 15, 2017

We invite you to join us for a series of programming to understand intellectual property (IP). Part III in the series will focus on filing your patent application using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and managing your patent application online using Patent Application Information...

December 19, 2017

Join PTAB for a "Chat with the Chief" webinar on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. ET. Chief Judge David Ruschke will share very recent developments on a variety of topics related to practice before the Board including Aqua Product guidance for motions to amend, new procedures for handling...

December 19, 2017

Join us for a presentation on the basics of filing a patent application. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who would like to learn more about filing a patent application. This session focuses on capturing your invention throughout your disclosure (e.g., specification...

January 3, 2018

Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts. The presentation will cover on navigating the USPTO Trademark, Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. If you have questions...

January 4, 2018

Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan as we discuss intellectual property basics and learn about potential ways to protect your invention as you transition from idea to product. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and students every first Thursday of each month...

January 5, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives. The event is free and open to the...

January 9, 2018

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month . During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts...

January 9, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing...

News & Updates

November 14, 2017 USPTO Finalizes Revised Patent Fee Schedule

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017” to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The…

November 6, 2017 Cooperation for an Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot with the JPO and KIPO

Washington  – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, participated in the signing…

November 3, 2017 USPTO Launches Two Year Diversion Pilot Program

Washington -The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating a two-year Diversion Pilot Program for patent and trademark practitioners.  Implemented by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the program aligns USPTO with the practices of more…

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…